Trilokesh D. Kidambi, M.D., is a gastroenterologist with expertise in general gastroenterology and, in particular, colorectal cancer prevention and the evaluation and management of individuals with a family history of gastrointestinal cancer, including those with a hereditary cancer syndrome such as Lynch syndrome and familial adenomatous polyposis. He specializes in the management of general gastroenterology diseases, as well as the diagnosis and management of complications of cancer treatments and therapies such as graft-versus-host disease after stem cell transplantation and immunotherapy mediated colitis and enteritis. He also performs advanced gastroenterological procedures such as enteral stenting and ERCP procedures.
His areas of clinical research include colorectal cancer screening and prevention, interventions to improve endoscopy quality, the use of personalized precision medicine in the treatment of cancer patients, and genetics, screening and prevention in hereditary gastrointestinal syndromes. His specific work has included conducting a randomized controlled trial on interventions to improve adenoma detection during colonoscopy, as well as multiple studies examining aspects of hereditary cancer syndromes.
He has published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and received scholarships for his work from the American Gastroenterology Association (AGA) and American College of Gastroenterology (ACG), He has presented his research at national meetings and serves as a reviewer of research articles for major gastroenterology journals.
Dr. Kidambi grew up in Claremont, California, and became interested in pursuing a career in medical research as a teenager after spending two summers in the lab of Rama Natarajan, Ph.D., the national Business Products Industry Professor in Diabetes Research, at Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope as part of the Eugene and Ruth Roberts Summer Student Academy.
He officially entered the medical field as a part of Northwestern University’s prestigious Honors Program in Medical Education. Through this seven-year longitudinal program, he graduated summa cum laude from Northwestern University with a bachelor’s degree in economics (awarded James Alton James scholar for top undergraduate in economics) and earned his medical degree from Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, where he graduated as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. Dr. Kidambi completed his internal medicine residency at University of California San Francisco, where he was honored as the top clinical researcher in his residency class. He then completed his fellowship in gastroenterology at University of California San Francisco, where he gained specific training in endoscopic mucosal resection of complex polyps, inflammatory bowel disease and gastrointestinal cancer genetics. Since joining City of Hope, he has been instrumental in the growth of the gastroenterology division and is a key collaborator with the hematological and medical oncologists.
Dr. Kidambi is a member of the AGA, American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and the ACG.
2012, M.D., Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL
2008, B.A., Economics, (summa cum laude), Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
2017-2018, Chief Clinical Fellow, Gastroenterology, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
2015-2018, Clinical Fellow, Gastroenterology, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
2012-2015, Internal Medicine, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
2020-present, Physician Lead for Quality Improvement in Gastroenterology, City of Hope, Duarte, CA
2018-present, Director, Colon Cancer Screening Program, City of Hope, Duarte, California
2018-present, Assistant Clinical Professor, Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine, City of Hope, Duarte, CA
Awards & Memberships
2021, America's Best Doctors Selection
2020, Los Angeles Magazine Top Doctors selection
2020, Super Doctors Rising Stars selection for southern California region
2019, Super Doctors Rising Stars selection for the Southern California region
2019, American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) Young Scholar Leadership Program for junior faculty (national selection process)
2018, ACG travel award for 28th annual North American Conference of Gastroenterology Fellows
2018, Top fellow abstract for Gastroenterology updates and Inflammatory Bowel and Liver Disease conference
2015, Floyd Rector Jr Clinical Science Research Award, UCSF Department of Medicine
2019-present, National Comprehensive Cancer Network Colon Cancer Screening Guidelines, Panel member
2018-present, American College of Gastroenterology, Publications and Digital Media Committee, Elected Member
2019-present, American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Digestive Disease Week Video Plenary and World Cup Committee, Elected Member
Kim W, Kidambi T, Lin J, Idos G. Genetic syndromes associated with gastric cancer. Gastrointest Endosc Clin N Am 2022; :147-162
Sadie De Silva,Harry Trieu,Anand Rajan,Yu Liang,James L Lin,Trilokesh D Kidambi. Flexible sigmoidoscopy may be sufficient for initial evaluation of suspected immunotherapy-mediated colitis: A cross-sectional study. September 2021.
Baroz AR, Mambetsariev I, Fricke J, Pharaon R, Tan T, Kidambi T, Sandhu KS, Koczywas M, Salgia R. Elevated eosinophil count following pembrolizumab treatment for non small cell lung cancer. Cureus 2021. 7:e16266
Lin JL, Wilcynski SP, Kidambi TD. Hard pill to swallow: A rare cause of dysphagia. Gastroenterology 2021. June 2021.
Kidambi TD, Liang Y, Motarjem P, Mirza R, Han A, Hein M, Singh D, Lin JL, Banciu-Odell C, Toroussian R, Lew MW, Manoukian S. Episodic, severe abdominal pain due to isolated jejunal Crohn’s Disease. Clin J Gastroenterol 2021 April 27.
Lai L, Blakely A, Invernizzi M, Lin J, Kidambi TD, Melstrom KA, Yu K, Lu T. Separation of color channels from conventional colonoscopy images improves deep neural network detection of polyps. Journal of Biomedical Optics 2021. 1:015001
Kidambi TD, Lee JK. Validated training tools are needed for assessing competency in colorectal endoscopic mucosal resection. Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. 2021;3:776-777
Rajan A, Trieu H, Chu P, Lin J, Kidambi TD. Assessing the yield and safety of endoscopy in acute graft versus host disease after hematopoietic stem cell transplant. World J Gastrointest Endosc 2020. 12:341-354
Provenzale D, Ness RM, Llor X, Weiss JM, Abbadessa B, Cooper G, Early DS, Friedman M, Giardiello FM, Glaser K, Gurudu S, Halverson AL, Issaka R, Jain R, Kanth P, Kidambi T, Lazenby AJ, Maguire L, Markowitz AJ, May FP, Mayer RJ, Mehta S, Patel S, Peter S, P Stanich P, Terdiman J, Keller J, Dwyer MA, Ogba N. NCCN Guidelines Insights: Colorectal Cancer Screening, Version 2.2020. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2020 Oct 1;18(10):1312-1320.
Kidambi TD, Idos GE, Lin JL, Pre-procedural COVID testing: The "New Normal." Gastroenterology. 2020: S0016-5085(20)34912-X. doi: 10.1053/j.gastro.2020.06.085
Lee JK, Kidambi TD, Kaltenbach T, Bhatt Y, Shergill A, McQuaid K, Terdiman JP, Soetikno R. Impact of observational training on endoscopic mucosal resection outcomes and competency for large colorectal polyps: Single endoscopist experience. Endoscopy Open International. 2019. 3:346-35
Kidambi TD, Kohli DR, Samadder NJ, Singh A. Hereditary Polyposis Syndromes. Current treatment options in gastroenterology 2019.
Aditi A, Kidambi TD, Espinoza A, Crowley N, Rodas A, Cello JP. Glucagon shortens cecal intubation time and total procedure time during colonoscopy: A prospective, double-blind placebo controlled randomized trial. Biomed J Sci & Tech Res. 22(2)-2019.
Kidambi TD, Chu P, Lee JK, Lin JL. Immunotherapy associated pseudomembranous colitis. American Journal of Gastroenterology. 2019.
Pow-Anpongkul P, Chu PG, Kidambi TD. Capecitabine induced enteritis leading to small bowel obstruction. Gastroenterology. 2019 Apr;156(5):e8-e9
Kidambi TD, Terdiman JP, Lee JK. Negative withdrawal time: simple and efficient. Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. 2018; 88:781
Kidambi TD, Terdiman JP, El-Nachef N, Singh A, Kattah MG, Lee JK. Effects of electronic chromoendoscopy on detection of adenomas during colonoscopy. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2018. 18:30634-7
Kidambi TD, Goldberg D, Nussbaum R, Umetsu SE, Terdiman JP, Lee JK. Novel variant of unknown significance in MUTYH in a patient with MUTYH-associated polyposis: A case to reclassify. Clinical Journal of Gastroenterology. May 2018. Epub ahead of print
Kidambi TD, Bagatelos KC, Ostroff JW. The answer is in the ampulla. Gastroenterology. 2018;18:30418-9
Kidambi TD, Velayos F. Dispatches from GUILD: How to grade IBD disease activity in your daily practice. Practical Gastroenterology. April 2018; 44:20-31
Kidambi TD, Lee JK. An unexpected finding during colonoscopy: Pinworms. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2018;16:e
Kidambi TD, Schmajuk G, Gross AJ, Ostroff JW, Terdiman JP, Lee JK. Endoscopy is of low yield in the identification of gastrointestinal neoplasia in patients with dermatomyositis: A cross-sectional study. World J Gastroenterol. 2017; 26:4788-95
Kidambi TD, Pedley C, Blanco A, Bergsland EK, Terdiman JP. Lower gastrointestinal neuroendocrine neoplasms associated with hereditary cancer syndromes: A case series. Familial cancer. 2017;16:537-543
Azofra AS, Kidambi TD, Jeremy RJ, Conrad P, Blanco A, Myers M, Barkovich J, Terdiman JP. Differences in neuropsychological and behavioral parameters and brain structure in patients with familial adenomatous polyposis: A sibling-paired study. Hereditary cancer in clinical practice. 2016;14:20
Kidambi TD, Lee R, Terdiman JP, Day L. Successful implementation of lynch syndrome screening in a safety net institution. Journal of community genetics. 2016;7:255-260
Kidambi TD, Blanco A, Van Ziffle J, Terdiman JP. Constitutional mlh1 methylation presenting with colonic polyposis syndrome and not lynch syndrome. Familial cancer. 2016;15:275-280
Kidambi TD, Lee C, Kohlwes RJ. MRSA-associated lemierre's syndrome in an intravenous drug user. Journal of general internal medicine. 2015;30:1886-1887
Kidambi TD, Terdiman JP. Screening for lynch syndrome: It is time to shift the focus. Digestive diseases and sciences. 2015;60:586-587
Kidambi TD, Blanco A, Myers M, Conrad P, Loranger K, Terdiman JP. Selective versus universal screening for Lynch Syndrome: A six year clinical experience. Digestive diseases and sciences.
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Kidambi T, Toto E, Ho N, Taft T, Hirano I. Temporal trends in the relative prevalence of dysphagia etiologies from 1999-2009. World journal of gastroenterology. 2012;18:4335-4341
Kidambi T, Been MJ, Maddalozzo J. Congenital sialolipoma of the parotid gland: Presentation, diagnosis, and management. American journal of otolaryngology. 2012;33:279-281
Kidambi T, Mahajan A, DiBardino D. Cholangiocarcinoma presenting as metastases to the cervical spine. American journal of medicine. 2011;124:e1-2
Saeed D, Kidambi T, Shalli S, Lapin B, Malaisrie SC, Lee R, Cotts WG, McGee EC, Jr. Tricuspid valve repair with left ventricular assist device implantation: Is it warranted? The Journal of heart and lung transplantation. 2011;30:530-535
Carroll RW, Wainwright MS, Kim KY, Kidambi T, Gomez ND, Taylor T, Haldar K. A rapid murine coma and behavior scale for quantitative assessment of murine cerebral malaria. PloS one. 2010;5:e13124
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